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Living with facial disfigurement

'Cherubism and me'

Victoria Wright talks about life with a facial disfigurement and the help she's had from the Changing Faces charity

Changing Faces awareness campaign poster

Handling reactions to facial disfigurement

How to handle reactions to disfigurement, including questions, comments and stares.

'My baby's birthmark'

How support groups have helped Claire Lewin cope after her daughter, Eloise, was born with a haemangioma.

Rebecca Lindsay

'My daughter had birthmark surgery'

Gillian Lindsay talks about the surgery her child had to remove a facial haemangioma.

Treating birthmarks

Advice on getting treatment for birthmarks, such as port wine stains and haemangiomas.

Help your child to cope with their disfigurement

How parents of children with a disfigurement can react positively to stares and comments from strangers

Portrait of Sue Morgan-Elphick: before (left) and after surgery

Facial surgery

Information about NHS facial surgery for birthmarks, congenital conditions and disfigurements.

Sue Morgan-Elphick with her children

'My new life after face surgery'

Sue Morgan-Elphick talks about how surgery for facial disfigurement changed her life.

Skin camouflage: Maria's story

Maria Angel talks about growing up with a facial birthmark and how the Changing Faces skin camouflage service has helped.

Support groups for disfigurement

Links to disfigurement groups offering support, information and advice on specific conditions.

Birthmarks (haemangioma)

Haemangiomas are vascular birthmarks caused by abnormal blood vessels in or under the skin. Find out how to deal with birthmarks and what to do if they cause complications, such as problems with eyesight or breathing.

Media last reviewed: 13/06/2014

Next review due: 13/06/2016

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery is surgery to repair and restore skin and tissue. Find out about how it's performed and why it's used

Cosmetic surgery

Things to consider about cosmetic surgery, plus questions to ask your surgeon, what to expect, and the risks of surgery

How to boost low self-esteem

Find out why some people have low self-esteem and how it can affect your mental health. Plus simple tips on how to boost your self-esteem

Video: disfigurements

Leo and Nev both have a disfigurement. Find out how people's attitudes affect them.

Psoriasis: 'Don't suffer in silence'

Actor and comedian Toby Hadoke talks about living with severe psoriasis and gives his tips for taking control of this unpleasant skin condition